Local man given a second chance after drugs charge

In Court
In Court

A GAINSBOROUGH man who was caught with over £1,200 worth of drugs after police raided his house was given a last chance to avoid jail by a judge.

Lincoln Crown Court heard officers discovered methadrone and cocaine when they executed a search warrant at the home of 29-year-old Shaun Thompson while he was out.

The court was told five small bags of methadrone and a larger bag of the Class B drug were found hidden in a recess after police searched a bedroom of the property in Tower Street.

Julia King, prosecuting said the total weight of the drug was over 50 grammes.

Miss King added: “Methadrone is sold in Lincolnshire at £20 per gramme making a total street value of £1,090.”

Police also found five small bags of cocaine valued at £250 which Thompson admitted buying for his own personal use.

Thompson admitted he was hoping to double the £480 sum he would be paying for the methadrone by selling it on and told officers he had not yet paid for the drugs.

Michael Rudd, mitigating, told the court Thompson had been motivated by clearing his mounting debts and now realised his liberty was at stake.

Mr Rudd added: “He was monumentally stupid to try and solve his problems in this way.”

Thompson, of Tower Street, Gainsborough admitted possessing a Class B drug with intent to supply and possessing a Class A drug following the raid on 3rd March this year.

He was sentenced to nine months imprisonment suspended for two years, ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work in the community and placed under the supervision of a probation officer for a year.

Passing sentence Judge James Samspon warned Thompson he would go to jail if he failed to stay out of further trouble.

Judge Sampson told him: “You were in this for profit, I appreciate you had debts, but that is no excuse.”